1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role is investment consulting, I work in the leeds team. My day to day work usually includes firstly, checking emails at 9 am. Next I usually pick up some work from my team, this could include monthly valuations I spread my work load out from 9 to 5. I have lunch at around 12:00 for 45 minutes. Then get back to work and log off around 5pm.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many new skills. Firstly, I have learnt how to manage work and organise myself. Organisation is key in this field of work as deadlines are needed to be met so it is vital to organise myself. I have developed my communication skills as I talk to different colleagues around the business I can now communicate in a professional manner.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed the programme as I am able to connect with many different people in the business. I was able to learn a lot from the great training providers, which helped me to prepare for my exams. The company is very professional and my team are very friendly if I am unsure about something I can ask them at anytime.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The induction was very well organised unfortunately it was virtual and not in person however Aon made sure that the virtual induction was great and helped me learn a lot about the company and its values. I gained a lot of support from my training provider who help me study for my exams.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
A lot of support is received from the employer with the chance to work flexibly for people who cannot work a straight 9 to 5 at home. Aon also offer great company benefits. I have received a great amount of support from my team and my manager they have helped me learn a lot.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
The support from training providers is great with online video sessions and text books being sent to me. I also had 2 online classes to learn my first exam. Training providers also provided me with a skills coach who is like a mentor I have a call with my skills coach and we talk about how work is going and how we can move forward to help pass my apprenticeship.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
My qualification is the Investment Management Certificate. Studying towards this has really helped me learn a lot about the investment environment. This has helped me understand my work better as I now know the rules and regulations behind my work. It also provides me with knowledge about the background of the work I complete and why my work is necessary.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
As I joined Aon during the covid pandemic I have not yet been able to go to the office to meet members of my office. However, I have still been able to attend virtual social events such as a Christmas quiz with the people from my office. There are also many other virtual social events set up by teams.
9a. Would you recommend Aon to a friend?
I would recommend Aon to a friend as they provide a great amount of support for me to learn and become better at my role also to be able to pass my exams and get the required qualification. Another reason is the people at Aon are very friendly people and approachable.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aon?
First tip would be to be confident and don't be nervous as the people at Aon will help you every step of the way. The assessment centres can be quite nerve-racking however just be yourself and be confident. Also, don't be disheartened if you feel you don't understand the work at first, it will become easier with support from your team.